Town extend unbeaten run to six games

PUBLISHED: 12:29 11 March 2014 | UPDATED: 12:29 11 March 2014

Tom Collin tries to control the ball

Tom Collin tries to control the ball

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Harpenden Town stretched their unbeaten run to six games with a 3-0 win at Wodson Park on Saturday.

After an inconsistent start to the season, Town are coming into their own in the final stretch, pushing their way up to eight place in the league, and showing the potential for what could been an impressive 2014/15 season.

Following a midweek draw at Baldock, Town travelled to Ware on Saturday to play Wodson Park, a team languishing in the bottom four of SSML Division One.

The theme of the first half was set when Harry Hunt was subjected to a heavy challenge in the first minute. The combination of the state of the pitch and robust play from Wodson Park was making it hard for Town to replicate the free-flowing football of their last two away games.

When they were able to create chances they found James Sturgeon in the Wodson Park goal in fine form, including one point-blank save from Michael Davies.

The highlight of the first half was disallowed goal from a thunderbolt of a shot by Stu Henderson after Davies had done well to pull it back from the touchline but the assistant referee ruled that whole of the ball had already crossed the line for a goal kick.

After a goalless first half, Wodson Park created the first chance of the second when Matt Lord made a great save from a deflected free kick.

It was from a corner that Harpenden finally opened the scoring, Andrew Saul turning the ball into the net in the 55th minute.

Seven minutes later it was the turn of his centre back partner Jack Cartwright to score with a powerful header from another excellent corner delivered by Nick Elliott.

Henderson wrapped up the points in the 69th minute, scoring directly from a corner.

Ben Warren was unlucky not to add a fourth when his shot was blocked after he had executed a great piece of control set up the opportunity. Harpenden were now and top and playing with more fluency but it still took a brave point blank save from Matt Lord to keep a clean sheet.

Although Harpenden created a number of half chances they were not able to add to their goal tally so the game ended with the score 3-0 to Harpenden.

With only one league defeat in 10 league games Harpenden Town will go in to their Thursday away fixture against the early season league leaders, FC Broxbourne Borough, full of confidence.

Town’s next home fixture is on Saturday, March 15 against Stony Stratford Town, who Harpenden Town defeated 7-0 in the reverse fixture in February.


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